plural kittel
: a white cotton or linen robe worn by Orthodox Jews on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur and at the Passover Seder and also used as a burial shroud

Word History


Yiddish kitel, from Middle High German kitel, kietel cotton or hempen outer garment, probably from Arabic quṭn cotton

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“Kittel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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